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Introducing this week’s Thursday Smoke, Maria from Naperville. She now goes to U of I. The best get posted on Thursdays for a reason. Talk about closing off this week’s worth of smokes. Maria is Big Time tenfold. The Illini had a great week with Barstool Chicago.
whats harder, getting the right girl into bed, or the wrong girl out of bed?
IndyStar – Trent Richardson went back and watched. And studied. And contemplated. What he discovered during those hours of reviewing film of his 2013 performance was that he failed to produce enough (averaging 2.9 yards per carry in 14 games with the Indianapolis Colts) because he was trying to do too much.
“You catch yourself trying to hit the home run when you haven’t had the big runs yet,” Richardson said after off-season conditioning Wednesday at the Colts’ complex. ”It’s human. But you can’t hit the home run. You have to set up your runs. That’s one thing, (because of) not having as much success as I’ve always had, you catch yourself saying, ‘I gotta score, I gotta score.’ “
“When I (missed) the cuts and the holes, I said, ‘Dang, how the heck did I miss that?’ ” Richardson said. ” ‘How in the world did I miss that?’ That’s second nature. You never miss a cut. You get as much yards as you can get at every opportunity.” The Colts are looking to stabilize their running game in 2014, as it remains fundamental to their offensive scheme. And that effort goes well beyond Richardson. It will be at least a three-man undertaking, with Richardson, Ahmad Bradshaw and Vick Ballard vying for precious carries.
Well, you… No, you gotta do more than that, Trent. Because you’re just laying right out. It looks like you’re boogie-boarding. I’m pretty sure the only way Trent Richardson could’ve done less last season is if he actually didn’t come to the games. Dude could just stay at home and film orgies that nobody wants to buy and contribute more to the offense.
One of the weird thing about living in the South is that everybody still thinks he’s a great football player down here. Ask any Alabama fan who’s the best out of their last few RBs to go pro and they’ll all say Richardson. Never mind that Eddie Lacy is the only one who’s halfway decent. It’s like football players die when they get drafted. Blows my mind. Then again, if Trent does less on the football field this season he’ll be indiscernible from a corpse out there. So maybe they’re on to something.
I won’t lie to you and say I knew much about Jose Dariel Abreu prior to his signing back in December. Sure, I had heard rumblings that the next Cuban superstar was about to defect to The States and take Major League Baseball by storm, but I never in a million years thought that he’d be doing it in a White Sox uniform. There’s an inherent risk when signing an international player, especially one from Cuba, because an organization can never be fully sure that his success in foreign lands will translate to The Show. Having said that, I was skeptical; I YouTube’d a few videos of him, checked out his measurables, etc. and what I saw was a doughy, kind of out of shape soon to be DH. As far as I’m concerned, he failed my eyeball test. Take a look at this picture and tell me this is the next superstar, you can’t:
Kind of a head scratcher. Looks like he’s got a couple of bluegills flopping around in his shirt. That all changed though when I read this ESPN article by Jared Cross:
In his final season in Serie Nacional, he hit 35 home runs in what would be a little more than half of a major league season. The year before that he hit .453/.597/.986, a batting line that has absolutely no peer in major league history and one that makes any superlatives you throw its way feel woefully inadequate.
What happens when a batter of “Ruthian” proportions in Cuba faces the best pitching in the world? Based on the numbers, we have reason to believe that Abreu is a good bet to lead the league in home runs, and what we’re about to see may just be historic.
Not just about stats
“Baseball Tonight” analyst Eduardo Perez — who recently served as a coach for the Astros and Marlins — managed against Abreu, then just 22 years old, in the 2009 World Cup, and he knew right away that he had seen something special. Perez describes Abreu as a “pure hitter who uses the entire field. Throw him something away, and he will go the other way … with authority” and compares Abreu’s opposite field power to that of Albert Pujols‘.
Not saying he will come close to matching the numbers a top 5 hitter of all time, but to even be mentioned in the same breath as Albert Pujols is incredible in itself.
This is not to say there won’t go through growing pains either, as we just saw him endure a 1-25 slump. But even in his slump he showed signs of a hitter who has a methodical approach to an at bat. He was striking out rather frequently over this stretch, and a lot of the times he was striking out on change ups. This wasn’t necessarily a good sign to me, but it told me he was sitting on and looking to drive fastballs. The only problem was he wasn’t really getting fastballs to hit. But instead of changing his approach, going outside his comfort zone and trying to sit on changeups and breaking pitches, (the pitches that were getting him out) he finally squared up a couple of fast balls and drove them over Comerica Parks’ 420 foot CF fence. Slump = busted. It was awesome to see.
Now anyone who has done advanced scouting in Cuba knows that their pitchers are known for how hard they throw, yet also for how unpolished their offspeed is. It is only a matter of time before Abreu adjusts to big league off speed, and once he does, the sky is the limit. Literally. His 7 home runs have averaged a distance of 415 feet!
Sox fans couldn’t have asked for a better successor to Paul Konerko, at least on paper. Injuries, work ethic (which, so far, has been phenominal), and Mexican cartel members threatening his life aside, Abreu has the raw talent to be the next great White Sox first baseman.
One side note: I always try and dissect the innards of a baseball game; stuff like how a player adjusts from at bat to at bat, the kind of dip they prefer, and especially the type of bat they use. Now when I played, I always used Hoosier bats. Yes, those bats are shitty, but they were my shitty bats and I loved them. I have always figured most big leaguers use either Sam Bats, Max Bats, Louisville Slugger, or whatever other name brand is out there. Then I noticed Abreu swings a bat I’ve never heard of. Did a little whitesoxdave investigative research and found out he swings a Chandler:
I don’t know if I’m late to the party and just haven’t heard of Chandler before, or they’re a new company, but the players that use Chandler on the Sox include Abreu, Alexei, and Viciedo. Abreu is 2nd in the league in HRs and RBIs, and Alexei and Viciedo are 1-2 in the AL in hitting. These bats must be the offspring of Wonderboy himself.
Hey let’s all sit really close to the lady who doesn’t know how to throw as she practices with live grenades! No way that will go poorly!
Is it racist that I just assume that anyone in a foreign country is unable to throw a grenade or rock or baseball or whatever? Like I don’t even care male, female, black, white, yellow. If you’re from a country not named America, Latin America or Japan I just assume you throw like the kid who didn’t play little league and everyone knows that kid throws like shit.
Become A Fan Of Barstool’s Basketball Team In The 500K Tourney And Watch Me Dunk For The 10,000th Time
So when Stoolie Matt Walsh contacted me and Dave a few months ago about his basketball tournament he told us he had guys like Dahntay Jones and Ryan Gomes but that he still needed someone with size. Someone who could shut down the other team’s bigs/use all of his fouls and possibly a couple technicals. Well Matt, you came to the right spot. I’m that guy. Now we need Stoolie support. If we get enough votes we’ll be able to play Mo and Smitty’s team in the first round. This needs to happen. So click here and become a fan so we can have a showdown for the ages/have me sit on the bench while NBA players win us some money.
Between us? I’m getting kind of sick of dunking all the time. Living above the rim has sort of lost it’s luster.
The Cubs Threw Out That Giant Cake From Yesterday Because They Hate Fat People That Love Cake Or Something
This is like the Ron Santo card all over again. Was anyone going to eat this cake? No, probably not (I definitely would have fyi) because these cakes are basically made of Fondant, pipe cleaners and paper mache. But that’s not the point. The point is that you’re the Cubs, which means there is a gigantic magnifying glass on the franchise looking for the next “Cubs” moment. People want to see us be dumb and stupid and throw away cakes and Ron Santo cards in plain daylight. They love to laugh at us and joke about how bad we are at seemingly everything. So figure it out. Realize whatever you do is going to be ridiculed at and stop doing it. Fake give the cake to a homeless shelter or compost it or basically do anything but what you did. I’m sick of being laughed at. Figure it out.